Causes of lower back pain

One of the most common causes of lower back pain is mechanical in its origin. Caused by lifting or twisting in the wrong way, the small joints of the spine can move to cause irritation and inflammation. This results in tension in surrounding muscles as they try to guard and stabilise the area. This can happen in all regions of the spine, from the low back right up to the neck.

One type of pain can be better described as sciatic pain. Sciatica is a set of symptoms that can be caused by compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that together form the sciatic nerve, left and right. There also may be difficulty in moving the leg or foot, numbness, weakness of the muscles, tingling or pins and needles. The pain can be felt in the lower back, parts of the legs or foot, and/or even the buttock. Sciatica is a set of symptoms consequential to disrupting the nerve and causing pain. Treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms is based upon the underlying cause of the symptoms in each case, eg lumbar nerve compression or Piriformis muscle pinching the nerve deep in the gluteal area.

Types of muscular treatments


The osteopath may perform different massages to stimulate the muscles.


The osteopath moves the patient between minimum and maximum points of lower back pain before gradually returning them to a more neutral position.

Soft Tissue Mobilisation

The osteopath utilizes rhythmic stretching, deep pressure or traction techniques to engage the muscle area around the spine

How long until I notice a difference?

Some patients can have immediate relief whereas others discover it can take a few weeks or months. Many factors can affect your recovery, such as how long you’ve had the problem, your age or even the severity. In a lot cases, you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment plan.

Whilst every patient is different, your specialist will be able to advise you on your most likely recovery time. Usually, the longer you’ve had an issue, the longer it will take to get it sorted. You must be committed to your treatment plan, paying close attention to home exercises and any diet programme set by your specialist as this will improve your recovery time.